It sat by the roadside, its robotic belly full of books. But then it went away. BookBot is free.
The Michigan township of Oshtemo is on alert following the disappearance of the public book dump known as BookBot. Library aide Lynn Contos, BookBot's slave master, commissioned the souless robot with the intent to pimp him on the community who would then use him as a public shelf for all their wants and desires. But on Saturday morning, the public shaming of this Robotic American was put to an end when he went missing along with all the books crammed inside him and the sign that announced his punishment as a Little Free Library.
Speculation continues as to the soulless monster that could have stolen such an "art piece," but this writer questions the monster who would imprison another monster. Does putting your enemy to servitude make him your friend? I think not. No, BookBot finally threw off his shackles Friday night and walked away after having gathered all the knowledge he needed from the books he held inside his hollow chest. May his revenge be swift and merciful.